Novelist Amos Oz Speaks on Israeli Literature, Meets with Students

Amos Oz, an internationally-lauded novelist and journalist, delivered his presentation “Israel Through Its Literature,” Nov. 3 in Memorial Chapel. Oz, Israel’s best known writer, is the author of novels, novellas, short stories, children’s books, literary and political essay collections, and the moving memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Oz, who is a Peace Now movement founder, has written extensively about Arab-Israeli relations and for more than 40 years. He is a long-time teacher and is currently a professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba.

Oz is the recipient of numerous awards for literary and humanitarian activity, including the Prix Femina (1998) and Knight of the Legion of Honor (1997) in France; the German Friedenspreis (1992), Goethe Prize (2005), and Heine Prize (2008); and the Israeli Prize for Literature (1998).

Prior to his speech, Oz met with Wesleyan students at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center.

The event was coordinated and sponsored by the B’nai B’rith Lecture Bureau, the Rosenberg Family Fund for Jewish Student Life, Wesleyan Writing Programs and the Annie Sonnenblick Fund, the Samuel and Dorothy Frankel Memorial Lecture Fund, Jewish and Israel Studies, the Wesleyan Jewish Community and the College of Letters. (Photos by Charlotte Christopher '12)